The future for education?

The Education Futures site in its resources section has an interesting/disturbing/predictable/challenging timeline – The Education Futures timeline of education 1657 – 2045: This timeline provides not only a glimpse into the past and present, but plots out a plausible future history for human capital development. The future history presented is intended to be edgy, but also as a conversation starter on futures for education and future thinking in human capital development. Although this timeline is largely U.S.-centric, the trends impacting it are global.

It predicts that by 2025 Machine intelligence will pass human intelligence and that by 2027 children will be conceived with genetic enhancement as standard. By 2030 there will be sections of the population who will merge their thinking with machines and that, as you would expect, there will be a ‘ludite’ revolution against machine power. By 2035 machines will be able to conceive machines and ‘non-human’ creative behaviours will be born.

By 2037 advances in these fields will make the concept and operation of formal education irrelevant !

This is not so far away … it could/might/will affect your children’s children … who or what will determine the future? Did they also consider this in Copenhagen – I think not.

But is this what will happen? Education worldwide is still driven by standards, tests and exams and learners learn for those purposes rather than to know and develop. We need to move on. The definition of learning needs to be focused around andragogy and heutagogy as well as the essential support of refined pedagogical approaches. Ownership of learning needs to be passed to the learner and the things that people wish to learn must be relevant to them in real time but also must have a pathway forward. Learning to learn is the essential not a spin-off.

(Thanks to digitalmaverick for the retweet that led me to this)

Attribution: Original image: ‘connected
by: Kim Cofino

2 thoughts on “The future for education?

  1. Personally not into science fiction but can see the implications with educational fiction. Think that perhaps the ‘plausibility’ of it all will stretch a point for most people but it would be great to hear what others would write in such a timeline.
    For me the main point of it all is that what we have doesn’t work as effectively as it should and we need to urgently take a long hard look at how we can move forward with the help of the developing technologies.

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